Aerith Gainsborough/Tifa Lockhart

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Pairing
Pairing: Aerith Gainsborough/Tifa Lockhart
Alternative name(s): AerTi (エアティ), TifAerith
Gender category: Femslash
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Canonical?: No
Prevalence: Popular
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Aerith Gainsborough/Tifa Lockhart (commonly referred to as AerTi) is a popular pairing of the characters Aerith Gainsborough and Tifa Lockhart from the video game Final Fantasy VII (1997) and its subsequent media franchise.

Fandom

The Final Fantasy VII (FFVII) fandom has primarily been dominated by male/female and male/male ships from the very beginning. In the early days of the fandom, the main conversation concerning Aerith and Tifa jointly was the Love Triangle Debate (LTD), an infamous feud between Cloud/Aerith supporters and Cloud/Tifa supporters. The idea of AerTi—and Final Fantasy femslash in general—was entertained by relatively few fans at the margins.

Over time, as the popularity of femslash in fan culture grew, so too did interest in AerTi as the most prominent femslash ship in the FFVII fandom. AerTi may be considered a complementary pairing to slash ships such as Zack/Cloud (Clack) and Sephiroth/Cloud (SefiKura).

Final Fantasy VII Remake (2020) brought new fans and renewed interest into the Final Fantasy VII franchise. The expanded story featured additional character interaction, particularly showcasing the strong bond between Aerith and Tifa. AerTi has grown to be a "mainstream" ship with a popular following.[1]

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Notable Fanon and Tropes

  • Bonding over the loss of their mothers in childhood
  • Protecting each other in battle
  • Aerith tending to Tifa's injuries
  • Cloud as a third wheel
  • Tifa mourning the loss of Aerith

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References

  1. ^ Gramuglia, Anthony. Final Fantasy VII Remake: Why People Are Shipping Tifa & Aerith. CBR.com. 22 Apr 2020. (Accessed Feb 2021.)